Negombo and Kandy
Trip Start Jul 12, 2003
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We stayed for 2 nights in Negombo, which had a fairly dirty beach complete with shanty town looking shacks and baskets of drying fish everywhere. Apparently it was the place to be about 30 years ago but is now a bit faded and decrepit
Next, we headed to Kandy which is set amongst hills with a beautiful lake in the centre of town. It's a cultural centre and attracts lots of tourists, so was quite a fun, interesting place to visit. We went to the famed Temple of the Tooth, which suffered some damage from a car bomb in 1998 and now has a huge security presence (you get body searched several times before entering). The temple apparently houses one of Buddha's teeth, taken from his funeral pyre. The tooth isn't actually on display, so it's hard not to be a little sceptical! It was a beautiful temple anyway, with monkeys running around outside and an elephant out the front.
Speaking of elephants, we also went to the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage just outside Kandy. There are 60 or so elephants there, ranging from cute babies to enormous adults. The only thing scarier than being so close to such enormous elephants was the abundance of tourists sporting bumbags and sandals with socks - aarrhh!!!! The elephants are fed, bathed and washed in the river and you can get as close to them as you like, so in that way it was much more exciting than seeing them in a zoo
Back in Kandy we spent time at 'The Pub' (yes, that's what it's called!), consumed many more curries, saw an enormous monitor lizard in the lake and met lots of interesting people. Overall, we're really impressed with Sri Lanka so far - it's a really beautiful, easygoing place and not really touristy compared to other places in Asia. The scenery, food and people are fantastic, and I don't think we're going to see enough in 3 or 4 weeks!